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NTSB Identification: ERA13CA426
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 22, 2013 in Pahokee, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/04/2014
Aircraft: MARCONI FRED I JR VELOCITY XL/RG, registration: N244FM
Injuries: 2 Serious.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot of the experimental amateur-built airplane was performing a simulated forced landing to the airport runway. As the airplane was in the landing flare, another pilot radioed that the accident airplane's landing gear was still retracted. About that time, the aft mounted propeller struck the runway and the pilot increased power in an attempt to abort the landing. The pilot subsequently lost control of the airplane and it impacted terrain to the side of the runway, resulting in serious injuries to the pilot and passenger, and substantial damage to the airframe. Examination of the wreckage following the accident revealed that the landing gear switch was selected to the "UP" position.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to ensure that the landing gear were extended during the simulated forced landing attempt. Contributing to the outcome was the pilot's decision to continue the aborted landing after the propeller had contacted the runway.
WEST PALM BEACH — A 79-year-old Broward County man has filed a lawsuit seeking to recover damages for “catastrophic injuries” he sustained in a plane crash at an airport in Pahokee last year.
In the lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court against the pilot of the plane, Emanuel Lewis claims the crash occurred when the pilot tried to abort a landing after another pilot alerted him that the landing gear of the Velocity XL/RG airplane wasn’t down. When pilot Fred Marconi, a former Aventura dentist, attempted to pull the plane up, its propeller struck the runway at Palm Beach County Glades Airport and it crashed.
A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board found that the landing gear switch of what it described as an “experimental amateur-built airplane” was in the “up” position at the time of the September 2013 crash.
Attorney Robert Barouth, who represents Marconi, declined the comment on the lawsuit. Marconi was also seriously injured, according to reports.
Attorney Donald Fountain, who represents Lewis, said his client’s medical bills are nearing $1 million. Lewis and Marconi, he said, were friends just out for a pleasure ride when the crash occurred.
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